Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 37 / JUNE 1983 / PAGE 279

English As A Second Language
The Soft Spot is now marketing Teachers' Friend, a program that teaches English as a second language (ESL) to students who can read English at the second-grade level. This 80-lesson curriculum, developed and refined over a two-year period, sells for $15 per lesson. The lessons can be used independently of one another. Students can go right to the lesson they need, when they need it, without going through all lessons in sequence.
    Teachers' Friend also serves as an anticipatory instructional device (AID) that allows the student to prepare for difficult lessons in advance. For instance, a student who is weak in verb conjugation can prepare before the class and reinforce learning after class.
    Each lesson takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Each lesson teaches a basic English skill, such as spelling, punctuation, parts of speech, verb tenses, syntax, pronunciation, drawing conclusions, making generalizations, developing vocabulary, alphabetical order, and others.
    Using six question formats, Teachers' Friend works with Apple or Radio Shack Computers. Students do not need to be proficient at running a microcomputer, or even know how to type.

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Richardson, TX 75081